Sustainable Landscapes in Harmony with the
Every householder with even the smallest patch of yard or garden would be aware of the contrasts that
occur in their environment as the seasons change. Couple this natural phenomenon with the effects of
climate change, and the need for gardens and landscaping to support the local environment has never
been greater. The increasing use of organic materials and a reluctance to use chemicals and pesticides
have occurred through raised awareness of the value of a clean and healthy environment. These
concerns can all be supported through the construction of sustainable landscapes.
Many landscaping companies profess to be experts at creating sustainable landscapes, but only Mark
Perriman of Mark Perriman Landscapes holds a Master of Landscaping Professionals qualification. The
company is also a Waterwise Garden specialist, an essential attribute in our climate where extremes
swing between floods, violent storm events and long droughts. Knowing how to effectively store excess
water during heavy rain and use it sparingly through an extended dry spell, while still having an eye-
catching garden, is just one of the areas of expertise available to Mark's clients.
Working with the Environment; not against it
Sustainable landscaping combines a number of techniques that together provide the ideal environment
for plants and wildlife in any specific location. The techniques are flexible enough to allow for the
addition of a range of outdoor areas to enhance the enjoyment of the space for its human occupants. It
takes note of the contours of the land, enabling water to be trapped, stored and moved around as
needed. By using plants native to the particular location and others that can readily adapt, sustainable
landscaping projects support local nurseries.
When Mark Perriman Landscapes manage a sustainable landscaping project for a client, their end goal is
to create an inviting environment that flows naturally from the dwelling. Its purpose is to draw people
outside to enjoy the outdoor rooms, pools, pathways, water features, gardens, shade trees and other
landscaping features. The project must also be designed and constructed to ensure that, whatever the
season, the lawns and gardens will thrive and the outdoor areas will still be comfortable to occupy.
A Long-Term Money Saver
A properly constructed sustainable landscaping project will save money in the long-term through better
use of water resources and using the correct plantings for the particular area. Plantings that are native
to a particular area encourage wildlife into the garden, creating a small eco-system that enhances the
enjoyment of the area. The system makes extensive use of mulching techniques to reduce evaporation
of moisture from the soil and control weeds.
Many home owners want a landscaped garden environment but have neither the time nor the skills to
maintain it. This makes sustainable landscaping the ideal solution as the garden and surrounds require
less work, time and attention. More information and quality photos of completed projects are on the
company website at www.markperrimanlandscapes.com.au. Contact Mark or one of his team for further